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Police: Enjoy Super Bowl, but be careful

Police: Enjoy Super Bowl, but be careful

Posted: Monday, February 1, 2010 9:06 pm

 

Fans don’t let fans drive drunk. That’s the message Union City police will be sending when they team up with the National Football League, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other state and local highway safety and law enforcement officials to remind everyone to designate a sober driver if they plan to drink alcohol on Super Bowl Sunday. Officers from the Union City Police Department will be out in force from today through Feb. 8 conducting a special enforcement effort targeting speeding, seat belt and alcohol violations. “We want to pass our safety message to everyone who will be drinking this weekend: real ‘Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk,’” Union City Police Chief Joe Garner said. “Please act responsibly, designate a sober driver before the Super Bowl party begins and leave your car keys at home.” Super Bowl Sunday is one of America’s biggest and most entertaining national sporting events as friends and families gather to socialize and watch the big game, yet it has also become one of the nation’s most dangerous days on the roadways due to impaired driving. Sunday’s Super Bowl in Miami pits the Indianapolis Colts against the New Orleans Saints. According to research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2008, fatalities in alcohol-impaired driving crashes accounted for 32 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities. On Super Bowl Sunday last year, 49 percent of the fatalities occurred in crashes where a driver or motorcycle rider had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08 or higher. “Designating a sober driver should be on the top of everyone’s Super Bowl party list,” Garner said. “It’s just one of several easy steps to help save lives.” For anyone hosting a party, tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration include: • Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in an impaired-driving crash. • Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers. • Serve lots of food and include lots of non-alcoholic beverages at the party. • Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert. • Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired. For those attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant, tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration include: • Designate a sober driver before the party begins and leave your car keys at home. • Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself — eat enough food, take breaks and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks. • If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, a friend or a family member to come and get you; or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober. • Never let a friend get behind the wheel of their vehicle if you think they are about to drive while impaired. • Always buckle up; it’s still the best defense against other impaired drivers. For more information, visit the Web site www.stopimpaireddriving.org. Published in The Messenger 2.1.10

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